Monday, 8 December 2014

Septagone (No Name, 1995)

Listening to some easy going neo-prog is something that chills me out. And when this music is well written and well played, I daresay it's kind of a cure to me. No Name come from Luxembourg and all their records pay loving respects to Fish era Marillion's music, even if their most recent albums are a little more synth-oriented. This isn't necessarily a reason to reject them, as No Name have their own intense and passionate way to make prog. This "Septagone" is a good way to discover tha band's approach, with all its keys progressing and its very good tempo changes.

A Victorian cover art... just "la Belle Époque"!

The track comes from the album "The Secret Garden" and I like the way the band exploits both acoustic and electric instruments to build up a dreamy rock song with good interplays and solos. The Victorian mood of the album shows itself then and now, especially in the atmospheric bridges and Patrick Kiefer's voice has a good balance between sweet and agressive tones. All in all, some pleasant 6 minutes of music, IMHO. That doesn't always happen, nowadays.